Archive for June, 2011

Bluebeam Rocks and Rallies its first International Conference

June 30, 2011

Earlier this month Bluebeam held an exciting event in Norrtälje, Sweden – The Bluebeam International Rally Conference held at Sundsta Manor!

For two days, Bluebeam hosted users, prospects and resellers from Sweden, Finland, Norway and the UK for educational sessions on Bluebeam’s products, including two popular sessions on “Introducing Bluebeam PDF Revu” and “Bluebeam Studio and Studio Server: Where Collaboration and Control Meet.”

Ro from Bluebeam presenting on Studio Server.

Attendees learning Bluebeam tips and tricks.

After the learning, it was time for some fun! Bluebeamers and attendees headed outside for some rally racing led by professional rally car drivers from the Bluebeam Rally Team – Björn Wulff, Christian Gren, Anders Nystedt, Jonas Wennberg, Kenneth Lodeklint and Jan Österman.

The Bluebeam Rally Team’s car wowed the crowds!

Waiting to rally…

Attendees suited up and ready to race.

The cars for the rally racing competition.

And they’re off!!

Rally competitions were held on both days. Wednesday’s winners were:

  • First Place –  Göran from Kagoma AB
  • Second Place –  Thomas from Swesafe
  • Third Place – Jan from Bjerkings

Thomas, Göran and Jan celebrating their victories.

Thursday’s winners were:

  •  First Place and Overall IRC Rally Racing Champion – Joachim from Inmeta AB
  • Second Place – Joakim from ELU-Konsult AB
  • Third Place – Anders from Insight AB

Thursday’s winners Joakim, Joachim and Anders.

All in all, it was a great event – lots of PDFin’ learning, rally racing, and networking.

Attendees with Bluebeam Rally Team Member and Bluebeam AB Director Björn Wulff

Bluebeam USA celebrating a great event in Sweden!

Thanks to everyone who attended and made our first international conference a success! And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


Favorite Feature Friday – The Lasso Tool

June 24, 2011

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to talk about another one of our favorite Bluebeam features! Today the focus is on the Lasso Tool, as demonstrated by Amy and Sasha.

Amy and Sasha giving their best “Lasso Tool” impressions!

The real Lasso Tool, as seen at the top of the Revu interface.

The Lasso tool was originally developed for our tablet PC users. It’s a helpful, and fun, way to multi-select PDF markups. Just grab the tool with your tablet pen or mouse, and draw around all the markups you want to select.

In this example, I used the lasso tool to multi-select all the markups except for the green callout that says “Verify dimension.”

Once you close the loop, your markups will be multi-selected. From here, you can change their properties, group the markups, lock the markups, move the markups in unison – the possibilities are (almost) endless!

The lassoed markups are now multi-selected and ready to go.

Check out more Favorite Feature Friday costumes on our Facebook page. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



Collaborating with Bluebeam Studio

June 22, 2011

Do you ever wish you could use Bluebeam to not only add your own markups to PDFs, but share the files with others for online, real-time collaboration? Well, you can!

Included with Revu 8.5 and newer is a feature called Bluebeam Studio. Studio lets you upload your PDFs to the cloud and invite others to meet together in real time, or separately on their own time to chat and post markups to the same copy of a single PDF. The best part – only you, the session host, needs to own a seat of Revu. Invited attendees can participate by using an active or expired trial of Bluebeam and registering for a free Studio login.

Here’s how to collaborate with Studio:

1)  On the Revu Start page, click the “Start a Session” button. Or, open the Studio tab on the right-side of Revu’s interface and click “Start.”

2)  Name your session, add the PDFs to share and select your options. You can even restrict session attendees by email address.

3)  If you chose to restrict attendees by email addresses, enter their names on this screen. You can do so manually or by importing in email contacts from Outlook.

4)  Your Studio session has now begun! You and your fellow attendees can add markups to the uploaded PDFs together in real time or separately – the choice is yours! The Studio tab will display the attendees, shared PDFs and a record tracking all session activity (attendance, documents, markups and chat messages).

If your organization wants more control with collaboration, check out our new Studio Server. This product gives enterprises the option of hosting Studio sessions locally behind their firewalls and controlling Studio settings such as file size, number of attendees, archival settings and more. Check out the details here. And remember, to keep on PDFIn’!


Favorite Feature Friday – The Tool Chest

June 17, 2011

It’s Favorite Feature Friday, and today we have two Bluebeamers dressed up to demonstrate the wonderfulness that is the Bluebeam Tool Chest:

Brian and Chris dressed up as the Bluebeam Tool Chest!

An oldie but a goodie, the Tool Chest has been around since day 1 of Revu. You can access the Tool Chest by clicking the blue bar in the middle left of the Revu interface to open the left dock, going to View/Tabs/Tool Chest or using keyboard shortcut Alt+X.

This exclusive feature tracks all the markups you make in your session of Bluebeam and saves them in your Recent Tools (1). If you want to place that markup again, just select it and go. And if you know you’ll use that markup over and over again across sessions, just drag it up to My Tools (2). Bluebeam also provides a number additional tool sets for free, which you can download into your session of Revu either from the Tool Set section of the Start page, or from this page on our website (3). Finally, you can create your own Tool Sets (4) and share them with your friends and colleagues. To learn how, check out this video. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!



Favorite Feature Friday – Revu eXtreme

June 10, 2011

It’s Favorite Feature Friday! Today, is a special edition of this series, because we’re highlighting my coworker Cristi. He came to work dressed up as not just a feature of Revu, but an entire edition of the software – Revu eXtreme!

Cristi dressed up as a thrill-seeking sportsman to represent Revu eXtreme!

eXtreme is the latest edition of Revu, and was just released in March. In addition to all the great features of Bluebeam, extreme includes:

  • PDF Forms creation for making any PDF a fillable form
  • OCR for transforming scanned PDFs into text searchable and selectable files
  • Scripting for automating repetitive PDF markup and editing processes, such as adding a text stamp, inserting a cover page and flattening a PDF.
  • Redaction for permanently removing confidential and sensitive text and images from PDFs.

Learn more about Revu eXtreme here, and remember, to keep on PDFin’!


The Many Languages of Bluebeam PDF Revu 9

June 8, 2011

Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 has gone international! Not only can you go PDFin’ in English, Revu is now available in six additional languages: German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, and Spanish.

With the added benefit of a new markup translation feature, which enables any Revu 9 user to translate markups to more than 55 languages, Bluebeam truly is a great solution for digitizing global project communication and collaboration.

What language will you Bluebeam in? Let me know. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


InformationWeek Writes about PDF-Based Collaboration with Bluebeam

June 7, 2011

Bluebeam Studio for real-time collaboration, and our new Studio Server option for locally-hosted collaboration sessions are making headline news! On Monday, InformationWeek posted this article about using Bluebeam to collaborate on PDF documents, either in the cloud or behind the firewall.

If you’re looking for ways to share PDFs with others in your organization or on your project, then Studio just may be the right tool for you. An included feature of Bluebeam PDF Revu, Studio lets you upload your PDFs to the cloud so that together with your colleagues, you can post markups to the same PDF – either together in real time or separately on your own time. If your organization needs more control and more security, you can use the new Studio Server product to bring all the benefits of Studio from the cloud to behind your firewall and participate in locally hosted-sessions. This advanced collaboration option is available to enterprises for $9,995.

If you have any questions about online collaboration with Bluebeam, let me know by commenting below. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


New Video Highlights Bluebeam’s Proven Results

June 2, 2011

Ever wonder what savings Bluebeam PDF Revu can achieve for you – or what others are gaining by switching from paper to PDF? If so, then you have to check out our latest video, which highlights some of the real results that firms are attaining with Bluebeam.

Have you achieved incredible results from using Bluebeam on your projects? Let me know by commenting below. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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